Racial Justice Faculty Experts

Experts at the University at Buffalo are available to discuss race, racism, racial inequality and the mass protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd and many other Black people by police.

For help reaching an expert on deadline, please contact UB's media relations team at 716-645-6969 or ub-news@buffalo.edu.

UB's racial justice experts by category:

These experts can discuss a variety of contemporary and historical issues relating to race, racism and racial justice.

10/22/19

Cecil Foster

Professor of Transnational Studies

Expertise: Canadian studies; multiculturalism, politics, race, ethnicity and immigration in Canada

Phone: 716-645-0786

Email: cecilfos@buffalo.edu

Foster is a novelist, essayist, journalist and scholar. He is a leading public intellectual on issues of citizenship, culture, multiculturalism, politics, race, ethnicity and immigration in the U.S. and Canada. He is author of books including, “They Call Me George: The Untold Story of the Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada"; “Blackness and Modernity: The Colour of Humanity and the Quest for Freedom”; and “A Place Called Heaven: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada.”  

6/24/20

Kelly Patterson

Associate Professor of Social Work

Expertise: social welfare policy; residential segregation; fair housing; gentrification; homelessness; poverty and economic inequality; race and class

Phone: 716-645-1248

Email: klp27@buffalo.edu

Patterson can comment on the root causes of racial injustice in the United States, and on solutions for creating a more just and equitable society. Her research focuses on social welfare and housing policy, highlighting how residential segregation relegates the poor and minorities to disadvantaged neighborhoods with lower quality schools, services and food, and higher exposure to crime. She can also discuss how racist housing policies have created segregated neighborhoods that are an easy target for police misconduct.

6/30/20

Raechele L. Pope

Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer in the Graduate School of Education

Expertise: multicultural education; equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education; campus climate; campus unrest; race, racism and race relations

Phone: 716-645-1098

Email: rlpope@buffalo.edu

Raechele Pope can discuss issues related to structural racism in society and within institutions, and how organizations can work to dismantle oppressive structures and systems. Pope is a leading scholar in higher education on multicultural competence and multicultural organizational change. Her research focuses on race, racism, equity, access, inclusion and engagement in higher education, and how structural change can create inclusive and equitable campuses. Her prescient article, “A Change is Gonna Come: Embracing Paradigm Shifts to Dismantle Oppressive Structures (2019),” focused on the need for structural change in higher education.

6/3/20

Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

Director of the Center for Urban Studies

Expertise: urban development, housing, gentrification, underdeveloped neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations

Phone: 716-829-5458

Email: htaylor@buffalo.edu

Taylor can comment broadly on issues of race and racial justice. His research focuses on a historical and contemporary analysis of underdeveloped urban neighborhoods, social isolation, and race and class issues among people of color. He is a UB professor of urban and regional planning, director of the UB Center for Urban Studies, an associate director of the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute, and a member of the African American Health Equity Task Force in Buffalo.

Health disparities, COVID-19

3/24/20

Timothy F. Murphy

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Expertise: infectious diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), vaccine development, children’s ear infections, health disparities, clinical and translational science

Phone: 716-881-8911

Email: murphyt@buffalo.edu

Murphy can discuss inequities in health care access and how COVID-19 could disproportionately affect people of color in underserved communities. He directs the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute.

4/3/20

Heather Orom

Associate Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

Expertise: Health disparities, illness risk perception

Phone: 716-829- 6682

Email: horom@buffalo.edu

Orom can discuss health disparities and how COVID-19 is expected to disproportionately impact communities of color and people of low socioeconomic status due to decades of inequities that have made people with less education, people living in poverty and racial/ethnic minorities more vulnerable to serious COVID-19 disease. She is an associate director of the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute.

6/24/20

Kelly Patterson

Associate Professor of Social Work

Expertise: social welfare policy; residential segregation; fair housing; gentrification; homelessness; poverty and economic inequality; race and class

Phone: 716-645-1248

Email: klp27@buffalo.edu

Patterson can discuss how residential segregation and economic inequality contributes to health disparities, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes issues tied to unequal access to housing, education, services and food.

6/3/20

Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

Director of the Center for Urban Studies

Expertise: urban development, housing, gentrification, underdeveloped neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations

Phone: 716-829-5458

Email: htaylor@buffalo.edu

Taylor can discuss health disparities and the differential impact that COVID-19 is having on African Americans, the Black community and low-income urban groups, especially people living in poverty. This framework includes issues of unemployment, housing and access to treatment. He is a UB professor of urban and regional planning, director of the UB Center for Urban Studies, an associate director of the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute, and a member of the African American Health Equity Task Force in Buffalo.

7/2/20

Hilary Weaver

Professor of Social Work

Expertise: Multicultural social work; historical and contemporary issues affecting Indigenous Peoples, including Native Americans; refugee health and well-being; trauma and resilience

Phone: 716-645-1226

Email: hweaver@buffalo.edu

Weaver can discuss health disparities among Indigenous Peoples, and how inequities in health care access and services have worsened the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Native American populations. Weaver is a social worker, educator and researcher whose work centers on the importance of culture in helping processes, and how social work and other helping professions can be more responsive to culturally diverse people.

Urban development, housing, residential segregation

5/13/19

Robert Adelman

Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology

Expertise: urban sociology, segregation, race, immigration, U.S. Census

Phone: 716-645-8478

Email: adelman4@buffalo.edu

6/24/20

Kelly Patterson

Associate Professor of Social Work

Expertise: social welfare policy; residential segregation; fair housing; gentrification; homelessness; poverty and economic inequality; race and class

Phone: 716-645-1248

Email: klp27@buffalo.edu

12/26/18

Samina Raja

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning 

Expertise: food access, food systems planning, food and urban planning, local government food policy

Phone: 716-829-5881

Email: sraja@buffalo.edu

12/26/18

Robert Silverman

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Expertise: shrinking cities, fair housing, affordable housing, gentrification, community development, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods

Phone: 716-829-5882

Email: rms35@buffalo.edu

6/3/20

Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

Director of the Center for Urban Studies

Expertise: urban development, housing, gentrification, underdeveloped neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations

Phone: 716-829-5458

Email: htaylor@buffalo.edu

12/26/18

Victoria Wolcott

Professor of History

Expertise: civil rights, African American history, race and cities, urban history, gender, sexuality

Phone: 716-645-8411

Email: vwwolcot@buffalo.edu

Economic inequality

12/19/18

Matthew Dimick

Professor of Law

Expertise: income inequality, tax and welfare policy as it relates to income inequality, corporations, employment law, labor law

Phone: 716-645-7968

Email: mdimick@buffalo.edu

5/20/19

Erin Hatton

Associate Professor of Sociology

Expertise: labor movements, gig economy, job security, coerced labor, pay for college athletes, minimum wage, workfare

Phone: 716-645-8476

Email: eehatton@buffalo.edu

6/24/20

Kelly Patterson

Associate Professor of Social Work

Expertise: social welfare policy; residential segregation; fair housing; gentrification; homelessness; poverty and economic inequality; race and class

Phone: 716-645-1248

Email: klp27@buffalo.edu

6/3/20

Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

Director of the Center for Urban Studies

Expertise: urban development, housing, gentrification, underdeveloped neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations

Phone: 716-829-5458

Email: htaylor@buffalo.edu

Education, schools

7/7/20

Luis A. Colón

A. Conger Goodyear Professor of Chemistry

Expertise: analytical chemistry, separation science, liquid chromatography, diversity in STEM, mentoring students of color

Phone: 716-645-4213

Email: lacolon@buffalo.edu

12/19/18

Nathan J. Daun-Barnett

Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration

Expertise: college access, financial aid policy, college transition

Phone: 716-645-1096

Email: nbarnett@buffalo.edu

4/15/20

Sameer Honwad

Assistant Professor of Learning and Instruction

Expertise: access, equity and diversity in education; cultural studies; international education; science and environmental education

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: sameerho@buffalo.edu

6/30/20

Raechele L. Pope

Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer in the Graduate School of Education

Expertise: multicultural education; equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education; campus climate; campus unrest; race, racism and race relations

Phone: 716-645-1098

Email: rlpope@buffalo.edu

6/30/20

Letitia Thomas

Assistant Dean for Diversity in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Expertise: STEM education and pipelines; women and students of color in STEM; sociology of education; social justice; social networks; microaggressions

Phone: 716-645-3071

Email: lthomas@buffalo.edu

Democracy, politics

5/13/19

Robert Adelman

Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology

Expertise: urban sociology, segregation, race, immigration, U.S. Census

Phone: 716-645-8478

Email: adelman4@buffalo.edu

10/22/19

Cecil Foster

Professor of Transnational Studies

Expertise: Canadian studies; multiculturalism, politics, race, ethnicity and immigration in Canada

Phone: 716-645-0786

Email: cecilfos@buffalo.edu

12/27/18

Kari J. Winter

Professor of American Studies

Expertise: gender, feminism, race, class, slavery, politics of food, literature

Phone: 716-645-0827

Email: kwinter2@buffalo.edu

History

6/23/20

Carole Emberton

Associate Professor of History

Expertise: Civil War era, Confederate flag and monuments, history of race, slavery, Southern history, racial violence

Phone: 716-645-8405

Email: emberton@buffalo.edu

10/22/19

Cecil Foster

Professor of Transnational Studies

Expertise: Canadian studies; multiculturalism, politics, race, ethnicity and immigration in Canada

Phone: 716-645-0786

Email: cecilfos@buffalo.edu

6/22/20

Ndubueze L. Mbah

Associate Professor of History

Expertise: African history; the Atlantic World; colonialism; gender in West Africa; history of slavery and emancipation; Boko Haram

Phone: 716-645-8415

Email: ndubueze@buffalo.edu

6/23/20

Carole Emberton

Associate Professor of History

Expertise: Civil War era, Confederate flag and monuments, history of race, slavery, Southern history, racial violence

Phone: 716-645-8405

Email: emberton@buffalo.edu

8/11/20

Lillian S. Williams

Associate Professor of Transnational Studies

Expertise: U.S. social and urban history; African American history in the U.S. and Western New York; women’s history

Phone: 716-645-0798

Email: lsw4@buffalo.edu

12/27/18

Kari J. Winter

Professor of American Studies

Expertise: gender, feminism, race, class, slavery, politics of food, literature

Phone: 716-645-0827

Email: kwinter2@buffalo.edu

12/26/18

Victoria Wolcott

Professor of History

Expertise: civil rights, African American history, race and cities, urban history, gender, sexuality

Phone: 716-645-8411

Email: vwwolcot@buffalo.edu

Policing, criminal justice system

7/10/20

Athena D. Mutua

Professor of Law and Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar

Expertise: civil rights law; constitutional law (Fourteenth Amendment); critical race and feminist legal theory; law and political economy; race and the legal justice system

Phone: 716-645-2873. Athena D. Mutua can sometimes be contacted more quickly through the UB Media Relations team at ub-news@buffalo.edu.

Email: admutua@buffalo.edu

7/3/20

Anthony O’Rourke

Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad Professor of Civil Justice

Expertise: criminal law and procedure, inequality in the criminal justice system

Phone: 716-645-3097

Email: aorourke@buffalo.edu

Diversity in the workplace

3/16/20

Kate Bezrukova

Associate Professor of Organization and Human Resources

Expertise: team chemistry in business and sports; managing a diverse workforce; unconscious bias at work; negotiations and gender; work-life balance; conflict management; artificial intelligence in teams

Contact: Kate Bezrukova can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or mgt-pr@buffalo.edu.

6/30/20

Raechele L. Pope

Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer in the Graduate School of Education

Expertise: multicultural education; equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education; campus climate; campus unrest; race, racism and race relations

Phone: 716-645-1098

Email: rlpope@buffalo.edu

Climate change, environmental justice

4/15/20

Sameer Honwad

Assistant Professor of Learning and Instruction

Expertise: access, equity and diversity in education; cultural studies; international education; science and environmental education

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: sameerho@buffalo.edu

UB COVID-19 Experts in the News

8/9/20

MSN.com quoted James Gardner about whether Trump might send in federal officials to deter mail-in voting. 

8/6/20

The New York Times published an article on the many different symptoms of COVID-19. The article highlighted a UB study led by Brian Clemency, showed that of 961 health care workers who were tested for Covid-19, anosmia (loss of smell) was the most predictive symptom, but it wasn’t foolproof.

8/5/20

Business Insider included Erin Hatton, in an article featuring 14 labor expert’s ideas for re-empowering American workers during the pandemic.

7/21/20

An article published in Yahoo! Finance written by Mark R. O’Brian, examined the process evaluating the safety of COVID-19 research.

7/15/20

The Buffalo News featured A. Scott Weber in a story on the new health guidelines on campus. 

7/9/20

Mark R. O’Brian writes in PBS NewsHour about how retractions and controversies over coronavirus research show that the process of science is working as it should.

6/29/20

Business Insider quoted Thomas Russo in a report on the safety of new cleaning requirements for Airbnb hosts.

6/26/20

The Boston Globe reported on a UB study authored by E. Brooke Learner that found that 911 calls for emergency medical services (EMS) have dropped 26% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but EMS-attended deaths have doubled.